Apr 6, 2016

Marriage Book Recommendations


There are a plethora of marriage books out there and today, I wanted to share some of my favorite as well as those that have been recommended by different married women during the survey I conducted last November. There are quite a few that Greg and I want to read in the next few years from this list. Feel free to click on the link to read more about the book on Amazon. (Disclosure: These are affiliated links, meaning that if you choose to purchase the book, I would get a tiny compensation without any extra cost to you). I am denoting books that either I or Greg recommend with asterisk*.

First, I'll start with two books Greg and I have read together and LOVE:

You and Me Forever is not your average marriage book, because it doesn't really focus on marriage. A quote on the back cover  says: "The way to have a great marriage is not by focusing on marriage." Well, then, what should we focus on? The Chans believe Christians should focus on God first and foremost, placing Him preeminent above all else, even your spouse and children. Only then, when the greatest Love is in its proper place, can we love our families best. Using Scripture as well as wisdom from their experiences in their own marriage, Francis and Lisa discuss principles to have a marriage that satisfies the deepest part of the soul when God is the main focus. We loved the discussion questions at the end of each chapter and felt challenged to evaluate our marriage 'in light of eternity', as the Chans' subtitle notes.



This book is an indispensable resource for all married couples, and now that there are versions that focus on love languages for singles, children, and teens, it really is equally important for anyone and everyone that desires to learn more about their own love languages and those of the ones they love. Greg and I used the general principles of this book while dating and used online resources to find out more about each other's love languages. We finally got around to reading it the past few months and it has brought up awesome conversations about how we have been doing in loving one another in specific ways we receive best. I cannot say enough about how this book has blessed our relationship from early on in our dating season until now in our newlywed season.




GENERAL MARRIAGE BOOKS

BOOKS FOR DATING/ENGAGED COUPLES



HUSBANDS

WIVES

* Elisabeth Elliot - Let Me Be a Woman 


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Have you read any of these, and if so, did you like them? Any books you think I should add to the list?



9 comments:

  1. This post is such a great resource! I'll pin it for future reference. I loved Sacred Marriage, and The Meaning of Marriage is on my short list of books to read. It looks like I should add "You and Me Forever" to that list too!
    (Glad to have found your blog via The Peony Project!)

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    1. HI there! We want to read Sacred Marriage soon! Yes, you should definitely add You And Me Forever to your list! I cannot say too many good things about it! Thanks for visiting!!

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  2. Sacred Marriage is definitely a favorite for me. Marriage advice books can be a little repetitive, so I don't necessarily think "the more the better" but it's wise to read a few truly good ones!

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    1. I am hoping to read Sacred Marriage soon! I agree, they can be a bit repetitive, but I can be really forgetful, so sometimes I need to be reminded of certain important things and then skim over stuff that I felt other books covered better.

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  3. Great resource! Sharing! My favorite marriage book I've ever read is Forgive for Love by Fred Luskin about everyday forgiveness. Life changing!

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    1. Thanks Rich. I have not heard of that one! I will have to look it up!

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  4. I've read a lot of the books you listed. I would also add Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas (for women).

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  5. Wow, what a terrific list of books! I've read several of these that are great - the first two you mentioned have been on my TBR list forever. It's easy to get into a rut after several years of marriage - books like these are good to get excited about marriage again :)

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  6. I am definitely going to check some of these out - I've only read the 5 love languages. What a great resource!

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